The Ugliest Card Set, as Chosen by Me

Fuji chose this set as a boring one in his post, but it's the first that came to my mind as soon as I read his question: What is the ugliest card set you've ever seen?

I had to pick 1990 Donruss, because I feel compelled to collect it despite its bad artwork. It really presaged some of the ugly '90s design elements that were not only in baseball cards, but advertising and artwork in general.

1990 Donruss Bonus MVPs #BC-16 Bobby Bonilla

1990 Donruss - Bonus MVPs #BC-1 Bo Jackson

Even Bobo and Bobby Bo can't save this set. I'll admit the red borders look kind of cool on Cardinals, but they are just silly for teams like the Pirates and Royals as shown above. But, the paint splatters on the side look just thrown in there. I am by no means a graphic designer, and I have a friend who's great at it. I suppose if I had more time it would be cool to get his take on it.

Despite all this, I'm still passively trying to collect this set. I got a bunch of it cheaply years ago, and I have to justify all those commons and duplicates taking up space somehow, right? I'm no rational economist, that's for sure.


  1. I don't like the script font for the names but I do like the red and the splatters. I think a team logo would help.

    1. That's a good point, and my complete lack of design skills cause me not to notice, but now that you say it, team logos would help a lot.

  2. I agree with Hackenbush... team logos go a long way.